Laila Haidari

Laila Haidari

Laila Haidari is an Afghan advocate who has dedicated much of her career to combating drug addiction in Afghanistan, one of the world’s largest producers of opium. Haidari founded “Mother Camp,” Kabul’s only private drug rehabilitation treatment center, in large part due to the impact of drug addiction on her brother. She was successful in creating the center despite public backlash and death threats. Haidari personally funds the center through a popular Kabul cafe, where unmarried men and women interact - no small undertaking given the Taliban’s presence. Haidari has been called the “mother of a thousand children” due to the fact that her treatment center has rehabilitated nearly 5,000 Afghans. As a former child bride married at the age of 12, she has also committed herself to fighting against religious extremism, organizing public efforts to ensure women rights and freedoms are protected. Haidari has been profiled by The New York Times, The Guardian, and she was recently featured in the internationally acclaimed 2018 documentary Laila at the Bridge.

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